I’ve found the law blog of attorney Fredrick Leatherman a safe harbor from the spin and b.s. of the cable news instant analysis of the Zimmerman trial. Here, Mr. Leatherman takes issue with ABC News legal expert Dan Abrams‘ assertion there is no way the jury will find Zimmerman guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.
Mr. Leatherman believes otherwise.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
NBC’s Dan Abrams, whom I generally respect, has announced that he believes the jury will find the the defendant not guilty of both murder 2 and manslaughter. Given the State’s difficult burden to disprove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt, which he believes to be impossible since the defendant has a coherent theory of the case supported by many witnesses as well as the photographs showing the injuries to his head, he said that he does not see any way that the jury can convict him.
In reaching that opinion, I believe Abrams commits the same mistake that so many of his colleagues commit on a daily basis regarding all of the important stories and issues of the day. They assume that there are two sides to every story and each side has both strengths and weaknesses. In other words, they assume the opposing sides…
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